Cameras reveal extent of energy wastage

New research from thermal imaging specialist FLIR Systems has revealed significant energy wastage in UK homes. As the cost of heating a home continues to rise, it is estimated that UK homeowners are wasting a total of £7 billion – amounting to £363 per household during the winter period.

The survey also reveals that older homes from the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian era are wasting the most on energy bills. The average energy bill for these types of properties in the winter is 43% higher than that for flats and houses built after the 1960s. Poorly insulated walls are the biggest culprits of energy loss, where 36% of heat is wasted.

YouGov findings have shed light on the strain high energy bills is putting on UK homeowners, with almost half (49%) of UK adults worried about the cost, while almost half again (45%) say their energy bills take up a large chunk of their income during the winter months.

Rickard Lindvall, General Manager for Instruments at FLIR Systems, says: “In order to detect heat loss that is invisible to the naked eye, thermal imaging is a key quality control measure when building, inspecting, renovating, or auditing a home. Thermal imaging cameras are a well-established inspection tool for bringing to light crucial information such as heating malfunctions and drafts, thereby showcasing where energy efficiency improvements are needed. In turn, this helps reduce soaring energy bills and the resulting strain on UK homeowners, especially in January after the financial demands of the busy festive period.”

To learn more about how thermal imaging cameras can improve building and home energy efficiencies, visit: https://www.flir.co.uk/instruments/energy-efficiency/

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